Ulysses H. Chambers
I work as a professional writing and research consultant in the areas of business, politics, finance, education, human services. My areas of specialization include grant writing, strategic and business plan writing, accreditation narrative preparation and planning, speech writing, annual report writing, and major editing.
2008- Present Consultant
Writing Unlimited Chicago, IL
Work directly with clients on short term basis to meet their grant writing and other needs. This includes identifying, developing, researching, writing, and editing grants and proposals. In addition to grants, projects include Strategic and Business Planning, Annual Report writing, newsletter writing, Accreditation narrative writing, Speech writing, and other writing as requested by clients.
1998-2008 Coordinator for Development
Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc. Chicago, IL
Responsible for maintaining and enlarging funding stream for $40 million human services agency by developing and writing successful grants to fund the agency’s 43 programs in six divisions. Duties included development and implementation of grant writing calendar, meeting with staff for grant design and development; meeting with potential funders, and preparing quarterly, semi-annual, and annual grant reports as required. Assist with Annual Report, Quarterly Newsletter, and QA Newsletter. Wrote and annually updated agency’s Strategic Plan. Responsible for writing remarks and speeches for Board Members, Executive Director, and senior staff others as required.
1990-1998 Speechwriter for Illinois Comptroller and Illinois Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General Chicago, IL
Responsible for researching and developing speeches focused on financial, legal, and other issues for former Illinois Comptroller and Illinois Attorney General, Roland Burris for local, statewide, and national audiences. Served on and wrote final report for Attorney General’s Commission on African-American Males.
1988—1990 Free Lance Writer
Various Agencies and Individuals Chicago, IL
During this period I worked with a number of clients including former Director of the Cook County Health Board, Ruth Rothstein, for whom I wrote a number of major speeches and addresses which were presented to regional and national audiences; former President of the Cook county Board of Commissioners, the late John Stroger, for whom I wrote speeches; Lakeside Community Committee, a local human services agency for whom I wrote grants, an annual report, newsletters, and assisted in the agency’s first and subsequent national accreditation effort; Beatrice Caffrey Youth Center, a local children and youth services center, forers whom I developed an annual report; and Godfrey Jerrnigan Care Centers, a local residential facility, where I assisted in attaining national accreditation for the agency.
1974-1988 College English Professor and Assistant to the Academic Vice President
Chicago State University Chicago, IL
College English Professor: Responsible for teaching a variety of English courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Served as English Department Academic Advisor. Faculty Advisor for student newspaper and student literary magazine. Served on numerous departmental and university-wide committees.
Assistant to Academic Vice President: Responsible for development and documentation of new and expanded university programs, program review, coordination of publication of Illinois Schools Journal, worked with university departments to secure program accreditation; edited grants from university professors to secure additional program funding; and served on a variety of university-wide committees, commissions, and task forces.
I have strong writing and editing skills. Can capture new ideas quickly and am able to work in a variety of fields (i.e. education, finance, law, child welfare, vocational services, counseling, etc.) and to do advanced research to provide needed details; Work well with team, but am able to work independently. Good communications skills, including listening, speaking, and writing. Strong computer literacy. I bring strong professionalism to my work, in which I always take pride and responsibility, but never ownership.
Other Teaching Experience
Roosevelt University Dept. of English/Composition 1981
Robert Morris College Dept of English/Composition 1963
DeVry University Dept. of English/Composition 1984
Harold Washington College Dept. of English/Composition 1984
Columbia College Dept. of English/Composition 1986
University of Illinois at Chicago Dept. of English/Composition 1988-1990
1962-1964 University of Arizona, Tucson AZ English Major
1964-1965 University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC English Major
1967-1968 Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ BA, English
1971-1972 University of Chicago, Chicago, IL MA, English
1972-1974 University of Chicago, Chicago, IL PhD, English (abd)
References will be provided upon request.